How to begin such an interview? On a light-hearted note I decide. So you’re coming to New Zealand Russell Brand. We’ve just had two of your countrymen here – Prince Harry and your friend comedian Noel Fielding. ‘Oh great’ says Brand. ‘Yes I’ve heard of the royal family before’.
Why are you coming here? ‘I like your country – New Zealand. I’ve been there before – and whether it’s Hamilton with its high levels of chlamydia or Auckland with other things – I love everything about it’ he drawls.
‘That is my favourite New Zealand fact. I don’t know about any other venereal conditions but I do know that Hamilton and chlamydia are inextricably linked. When I came over it was pretty romantic and beautiful.
You know, when the world ends everyone’s heading to New Zealand. You know that – don’t you?
‘People are buying up bits of it. I was discussing very recently with a famous movie star about getting off the grid and escaping – and we agreed that New Zealand was where we would go’.Russell Brand: ‘We’re obsessed with our individual freedom – but unless we come together as a collective – we will have no freedom at all’.That sounds like something for us to look forward to I say – an attempt at a joke. ‘It’s not going to be up to you any more’ Brand replies. ‘The world’s going to have ended – it’s going to be full of all sorts of powerful people – warriors – murderers… it’s going to be crazy’.(cont..)